August 4, 2020

Archives for June 2011

My Problem With God’s Will

“God’s will is a profound and holy mystery, and the fact that we live our everyday lives engulfed in this mystery should not lead us to underestimate its holiness. We dwell in the will of God as in a sanctuary … it takes the humility and spiritual poverty to travel in darkness and uncertainty, where […]

Swim Or Float? Guess What God Wants From Us

If you have read my essays over the last year or two, you will notice a common theme running through them. I am learning to trust God. Yes, after nearly 38 years as a Christian, I am finally learning to let go of my need to understand and trust the Lord. It has been a […]

Updating Updates

For my 20th college reunion in 2000 we invited Brother Bob Stamps to come speak to us. Bro. Bob was our chaplain back in the 1970s, and he is still much-loved by those who were in school during that time. When he got up at our banquet to speak, he said, “I wrote out a […]

Second Quarter Listening Report

By Chaplain Mike It is time for my quarterly update on new popular music to which I’ve been listening. I don’t have a lot of money to spend on music, so I try to pick and choose what to put on my iPod. Like everyone, I have my favorites from whom I’ll buy an album […]

Guest Post: Allen Krell on Evangelicals and Lutherans

Today’s post is from friend of iMonk, Allen Krell. Note from CM: I enjoy getting comments from readers who have their own blogs. I often travel over to their sites to get a better feeling for who they are and what perspectives they have on a variety of issues, not just what we’re discussing here […]

Major Megachurch Maniacal Missional Madness!

By Chaplain Mike Headline from Christianity Today: “Multi-Site Churches Go Interstate.” Subject: Megachurches are now expanding beyond their localities and regions to other cities and states. Example: “Pastor Mark Driscoll’s megachurch [Seattle, WA] recently announced plans to expand into Portland, Oregon, and Orange County, California, using multi-site campuses that feature live bands and a sermon […]

Lady Wisdom’s Five Fair Daughters

By Chaplain Mike Ordinary Time Bible Study 2011 The Book of Ruth (2) Series Introduction (in case you missed it last time) During Ordinary Time this summer, we will have a weekly Bible study on the Book of Ruth. I think this especially appropriate, for Ruth is a story about ordinary people in ordinary settings, […]

IM Film Review: The Tree of Life

By Chaplain Mike “There are two ways through life: the way of nature, and the way of Grace. You have to choose which one you’ll follow…. Grace doesn’t try to please itself. Accepts being slighted, forgotten, disliked. Accepts insults and injuries… Nature only wants to please itself. Get others to please it too. Likes to […]

A Hymn for Ordinary Time

By Chaplain Mike Here is a wonderful hymn that would be appropriate for devotional and group use throughout Ordinary Time. It is sung to the tune many know as, “Be Thou My Vision.” Lord of all hopefulness, Lord of all joy Whose trust, ever childlike, no cares could destroy Be there at our waking, and […]

iMonk Classic: Worship, CCM and the Worship Music Revolution (part two)

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer Circa 2002 Last week we posted part one of this series. You can review it HERE. In this group of three essays from nearly ten years ago, the iMonk observes the sea-change taking place in evangelical church worship and music and shares his reflections about them. Today, part two. […]